‘Celebrating Stories’

‘Celebrating Stories’ is an initiative that started in 2019. It encompasses both in-person, and virtual activities that promote the use of creative writing as a means of enhancing expression, developing understanding, and encouraging enterprising/inventive behaviours. At its core ‘Celebrating Stories’ is a creative writing programme. However, from regular school visits, it was found that children […]

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FREE Curriculum for Excellence literacy classroom resources

Very soon I’ll be launching a new ten-week series of classroom resources for teachers called ‘Celebrating Stories’. It’s based around the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence but many of the learning opportunities and outcomes will be relevant within other curricula as well. Our focus? The primary focus will be on literacy (as you would imagine, coming […]

Getting serious about writing (wk3): Don’t scald yourself (plus book update)

We use a stovetop kettle. This is pretty rare here in the UK where most people use an electric one, but we have our reasons. Our kettle is the first stovetop kettle we’ve had and it took some getting used to. (Kettles? What does this have to do with self-publishing/ my new book? Trust me […]

Getting serious about writing (wk2): It’s not all a solo performance (an accidental self-publishing step-by-step)

“Editing? I’ll just do my own”, “Cover Design? I can draw, or I could just use a photograph”, “Marketing/PR? I don’t need ads or the press, I’ll just tell people about it myself.” Any of this sound familiar? If you’re new to self-publishing you may be making the same mistake I did; assuming that we’re […]

Getting serious about writing (wk1): The long strange trip

Five years ago I was in full swing in my writing: For starters, despite having only been a ‘proper writer’ for a couple of years at that point I had two books out on shelves and people were actually buying them too (and telling me they liked them, which was even better). I was even […]

Horror at Ruthvenfield Primary School!

Over the past few months, I’ve been working on an exciting new project with pupils from Ruthvenfield Primary School. Pupils from their p6/7 class have worked long and hard to create their very own book titled ‘Ruthvenfield’s Portal to the 19th century’. I didn’t want to post about it until it was all ready. There […]

Reminding an Author about writing: Visiting Braco Primary School

This post is long overdue. I normally like to post about a school visit within a few days but I’ve been swamped with writing/book related work over the past couple of months. Finally, I have a little breathing space so I thought I’d pop on and talk about my visit to Braco Primary School. I […]

It’s Here!!!!

Marcus is now available as a printed book, you can pick up a copy from Fun Junction or order one to be delivered to your home by clicking this link (the price is £6.99, which includes UK postage). If you would like to go back and read a draft version of the full book you […]

5 things that change when you finish writing your first book

If you’ve ever thought about writing a book here’s a wee run down of how it went for me (in no particular order): 1. You now have to write: It’s in your bones, you made a habit of sitting down and putting words on paper and it’s a hard habit to break. However, your relationship […]

A new beginning

Karen (the cover illustrator) and I did an official/unofficial launch of the new cover for ‘Jack Reusen and the Fey Flame‘ a couple of days ago. It was great seeing the reactions on social media and I’ve been singing Karen’s praises since. I thought I’d use this post to point out that the cover isn’t […]